Muscle quantity and function measurements are acceptable to older adults during and post- hospitalisation: results of a questionnaire-based study.

Welch, Carly, Greig, Carolyn A, Masud, Tahir and Jackson, Thomas A (2021) Muscle quantity and function measurements are acceptable to older adults during and post- hospitalisation: results of a questionnaire-based study. BMC geriatrics, 21 (1). p. 141. ISSN 1471-2318. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

To evaluate the acceptability of handgrip strength, gait speed, quadriceps ultrasound, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to older adults conducted during and following hospitalisation.

METHODS

Questionnaire-based study conducted upon completion of prospective cohort study, with follow-up in either Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), UK, or participant's own home following recent admission to QEHB. Outcome measures were acceptability as defined by total multi-domain score for each test (maximum score 35), and by frailty status.

RESULTS

Forty adults aged 70 years and older admitted for emergency abdominal surgery, elective colorectal surgery, or acute bacterial infections (general medicine) participated. Handgrip strength (median 33, IQR 30-35; p = 0.001), gait speed (median 32, IQR 30-35; p = 0.002), ultrasound quadriceps (median 33, IQR 31-35; p = 0.001), and BIA (median 33.5, IQR 31-35; p = 0.001) were considered highly acceptable. Participants responded positively that they enjoyed participating in these tests, and considered these tests of importance. There was no difference in scores between tests (p = 0.166). Individual total test scores did not differ between patients with and without frailty. Qualitative data are also presented on drivers for research participation.

CONCLUSIONS

Handgrip strength, gait speed, ultrasound quadriceps, and BIA are acceptable tests to older adults during and following hospitalisation. Our results may serve as standards when evaluating acceptability of other tests.

TRIAL REGISTRATION

Prospectively registered February 2019: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03858192.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: WE Musculoskeletal. Orthopaedics
WT Geriatrics. Elderly care
Divisions: Emergency Services > Elderly
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2021 15:19
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2021 15:19
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/4069

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